The healing power of music will be put to another test this week as people gather to remember 9 / 11. The remembrance will begin with music by Mozart, performed in more than 20 time zones around the globe at exactly 8:46 a.m. on Wednesday (the time the first plane tore into the World Trade Center). Fittingly, the specific work is Mozart's drama-rich Requiem, which he didn't live to finish -- a sobering metaphor for all those who died before their time on that shiny September morning.
This idea of the "Rolling Requiem" originated some months ago with the Seattle Symphony Chorale and was quickly embraced by ensembles in at least 43 states and 24 countries. Participants in our area include the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Symphony, with additional forces from local community choruses, all led by J. Ernest Green; this performance of Mozart's Requiem will be at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. Admission is free.
Another Requiem, the extraordinarily comforting one composed by Gabriel Faure, will be performed during an ecumenical "Evening of Remembrance" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.
The Cathedral Choir of Men, Women and Boys, Grace United Methodist Church Choir, First Christian Church Choir, Second Presbyterian Church Choir, and members of the former Baltimore Symphony Chorus will lend their voices to the performance, conducted by Edward Polochick. The program also includes hymns and scripture readings. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit local emergency support services.
Also at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, directed by Tom Hall, will present reflections on 9 / 11 through music by Bach, Randall Thompson and others; poetry by Beth Spiers, The Sun's Ann LoLordo and others; and remarks by Goucher College president Sanford Ungar. The location is Goucher's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. Admission is free.
And there will be a presentation of Handel's Messiah to commemorate the victims of 9 / 11. Organized and performed by faculty, students and staff of the Peabody Institute and conducted by JoAnn Kulesza, the concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Mount Vernon Place and Charles Street. Admission is free; the audience is invited to join in the singing.
For those staying at home Wednesday evening, NBC is broadcasting the "Concert for America" from the Kennedy Center in Washington. The program, taped Monday night, is designed to "pay tribute to the victims and heroes of Sept. 11." It will feature performances by, among many others, the National Symphony Orchestra led by Leonard Slatkin; opera stars Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming; and pop stars Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Al Green and Alan Jackson.
The concert, presented by the Kennedy Center and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, will air locally at 9 p.m. Wednesday on WBAL, Channel 11.